Intermediate vocabulary: 10 uncountable nouns

Here are 10 uncountable nouns for pre-intermediate and intermediate learners. We’ve chosen words which learners often think are countable.

Here’s what you need to remember about uncountable and countable nouns:

  • Nouns are either countable or uncountable.
  • If a noun is countable we can count it; if a noun is uncountable we can’t count it.
  • Uncountable nouns cannot have a number before them (we don’t say: one advice or two news).

10 uncountable nouns:

1. advice
2. news
3. information
4. equipment
5. luggage
6. experience
7. progress
8. traffic
9. trouble
10. accommodation

Before uncountable nouns we often use some or any:

  • I need some advice.
  • We don’t have any news.
  • He doesn’t have much experience.

We can also use a lot of, a little, very little and much:

  • There is a lot of information.
  • They only have a little equipment.
  • They don’t have much luggage.

How to make uncountable nouns countable

It is possible to make some uncountable nouns countable by using a word like piece:

  • a piece of advice
  • two pieces of news
  • three pieces of information
  • four pieces of equipment
  • five pieces of luggage.

The nouns experienceprogresstrouble and accommodation cannot be made countable in the above way.

N.B. Experience also exists as a countable noun, as in this sentence: ‘We had a lot of good experiences on our trip’.

In American English accommodations (with an ‘s’) is used.

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